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We all know about our culture. It gets defined by who you are and your family history. If you were born in the United States, you’d be part of the American culture.

When your family immigrated from a different country, you may find elements of that culture in your everyday life. It might involve your food preferences, fashion decisions, or the way you manage your hair.

Culture subsets involve the interests that you select. You might be an American, but do you prefer baseball, NASCAR, the NFL, or soccer? What about poetry, television, books, or magazines?

Each choice creates subculture participation. When you dial those decisions into specific categories, you start feeling close to the other like-minded people who are there.

Culture subsets are merely a smaller group within a larger one. 

Essential Culture Subsets You Should Know

1. Pop Culture

Popular culture follows trends. It is also the prevalent subset found in each society. Although it is usually aimed at teens and young adults, anyone can associate themselves with this idealism approach. 

2. High Culture

People who focus on this culture subset stress the importance of literature, history, and philosophy in their daily lives. It is an approach that esteems intellectual works and exemplary art, along with those who strive to create such things. If you participate in it, you’d consider yourself to have sophisticated tastes.

3. Grunge Culture

This subset got started in the 1980s, with Seattle serving as its initial hub. It focused on alt-rock music while being cynical of conformity, materialism, and societal norms.

4. Counterculture

The people who join this culture subset prefer to live contrary to what the social norms are at the time. It can be a set of attitudes instead of a lifestyle choice.

5. Hipster Culture

They might wear skinny jeans and prefer vintage fashion, but it isn’t a modern trend. The world started seeing hipsters with the jazz movement in the 1920s. By the 1950s, they switched to the beat generation.

6. Sports Culture

If you focus on athletics as part of your daily routine, you’d be part of this subset. It doesn’t need to be a professional team. Anyone who might attend martial arts classes, go to the gym, or coach others would fit into this group.

Each of us is unique. We also have several common interests that bring us together. When we promote the diversity of cultural subsets, each human civilization becomes strong.

Scott Larson